Panel Round One
PETER SAGAL, HOST:
We want to remind everyone to join us most weeks back home at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, Illinois. For tickets and more information, just go to wbez.org. You can also find a link at our website, which is waitwait.npr.org. Right now, panel, time for you to answer some questions about the week's news.
Mo, yet another honor has been bestowed upon the great state of New Jersey, my home state. The New Jersey accent has been named to be among North America's most what?
MO ROCCA: I would like to say that it's mellifluous, that it's pleasing to the ear.
SAGAL: It is, but in a specific way.
ROCCA: It is memorable, it is...
SAGAL: No, I'll give you a hint. You know how to whistle, don't you? You just put your lips together, you know, forget about it.
ROCCA: It's the sexiest accent.
SAGAL: It is, in fact, the sexiest accent or one of the sexiest.
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SAGAL: New Jersey ranked fifth in a list of North America's sexiest accents according to a survey conducted by the dating site Cupid.com, which is for people who aren't OK enough to go on OkCupid.com.
SAGAL: Before New Jerseyans get all excited, I should probably point out to my fellow New Jerseyans that we ranked fifth out of eight North American accents listed. It narrowly beat out the Alaskan accent, which is basically have sex, you betcha.
SAGAL: And the Minnesotan accent, which is an embarrassed silence.
ROCCA: Did it really rank fifth out of eight?
SAGAL: Fifth out of eight.
ROXANNE ROBERTS: What was the first one?
PETER GROSZ: The sexiest?
SAGAL: The sexiest, do we know the sexiest?
GROSZ: Like a deep Georgia, like come on over here, you better get in my boudoir, something like really dripping with sex. What's the least sexy accent in the United States?
SAGAL: The least sexy?
ROCCA: Park your car in - where, where would it be?
SAGAL: I love my fellow Chicagoans, I'm a Chicago transplant, but there's something about the way they talk there that...
GROSZ: Oh my God, you are so hot.
SAGAL: Coming up, three panelists walk into a bar, it's our Bluff the Listener game. Call 1-888-WAIT-WAIT to play. And John Lithgow joins us to play Not My Job.
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